More Michael Barone Articles

  • Fighting parasitic bureaucracies and crony capitalism

    "Pare down the parasitic fringe" of government. "Favor a gospel of work" instead of aristocratic entitlement. "Rationalize finance" and "reverse the Parkinson's law of bureaucracy."

  • Case study: Liberal disappointed with Obama foreign policy

    For an interesting instance on how onetime Obama enthusiasts have soured on the 44th president, you could do worse than read James Traub's piece in foreignpolicy.com.

  • Obama Democrats lose their big bet on health exchanges

    Words mean what they say. That's the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving subsidies for Obamacare consumers in states with federal health insurance exchanges.

  • Gummit don't do IT good, here and elsewhere

    The private sector is held accountable in the marketplace. If IT doesn't work, or if cost overruns raise prices to uncompetitive levels, consumers have alternatives. When government IT fails, however, the citizen doesn't have any alternative.

  • Halbig v. Burwell: A stunning rebuke of a lawless and reckless administration

    The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Halbig v. Burwell, announced Tuesday, is a stunning blow to Obamacare and the Obama administration.

  • Hillary Clinton's job approval rating as low as Obama's

    A Politico poll strongly suggests that Hillary Clinton's attempts to put some distance between herself and the president's record are unavailing and perhaps doomed to failure.

  • You can't always get what you want

    This is one of the hard lessons of life, and one that evidently needs to be learned and relearned by political liberals: One is that public financing of elections is good. The other is that political polarization is bad.

  • Obama dragged down by chaos at home and abroad, not by the economy

    The sluggish economy isn't weighing down Obama. It's chaos on the border, dysfunction at the IRS and VA, and foreign crises from Ukraine to the Middle East.

  • All process arguments are insincere

    House Democrats who are criticizing and ridiculing Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama have in fact often, and not so long ago, brought lawsuits against President George W. Bush or other officials.

  • How Obama is turning liberalism into an instrument of coercion

    Liberals just aren't very liberal these days. The word “liberal” comes from the Latin word meaning freedom, and in the 19th century liberals in this country and abroad stood for free speech, free exercise of religion, free markets, free trade -- for minimal state interference in people's...

  • Underage illegal immigrants may be an issue in Massachusetts governor race

    The political fallout from the surge of (not entirely) underage Central American illegal immigrants across the Lower Rio Grande is spreading across the nation.

  • Let's stop saying politicians are 'bickering'

    Bicker is a verb we use to characterize pointless arguments between children. But political campaigns are not pointless.

  • Political fallout from underage illegal immigrants may spread far from the Rio Grande Valley

    The flood of underage--and many not-so-underage--illegal immigrants from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador crested in the Rio Grande Valley, but now the waters are being diverted and channeled to other parts of the United States.

  • Obama pays price for inaction on immigration law

    The flood of underage--and non-underage--illegal immigrants from Central America coming across the border in Texas is, to paraphrase a former Obama administration official, a "man-caused disaster." The man who caused it, more than anyone else, is Barack Obama.

  • Immigrant debate stale even though immigration facts are changing

    Over at FiveThirtyEight, Ben Casselman has a good article on something I've also written about: the changing patterns of immigration.



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